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[jak-in-thuh-poo l-pit, -puhl-]
noun, plural jack-in-the-pul·pits.
  1. A North American plant, Arisaema triphyllum, of the arum family, having an upright spadix arched over by a green or striped purplish-brown spathe.
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Origin of jack-in-the-pulpit

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for jack-in-the-pulpit

Historical Examples of jack-in-the-pulpit

  • We do not want the Jack-in-the-pulpit to disappear from our woods.

    Cornell Nature-Study Leaflets


  • Have you any house plant that you think is related to Jack-in-the-pulpit?

  • I'm neither a bird nor a human being, you see; I'm only Jack-in-the-Pulpit.

  • Betty never failed to visit a part of the grounds devoted to wild flowers, including May-apples and jack-in-the-pulpit.

    Betty Lee, Freshman

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

  • But he couldn't see Uncle Wiggily because he was safely hidden in the Jack-in-the-pulpit.

British Dictionary definitions for jack-in-the-pulpit


  1. an E North American aroid plant, Arisaema triphyllum, having a leaflike spathe partly arched over a clublike spadix
  2. British another name for cuckoopint
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